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5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights
It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy baseball valueÂ tooÂ much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committeefor your roto team. So before we get to todayâ€™s games, letâ€™s take a spin through last nightâ€™s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Sunday, August 5th.
5 Good Nights
- Omar Infante:Â 4-6, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI
- Neil Walker:Â 3-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
- Asdrubal Cabrera:Â 2-6, 2 R, 2 steals
- David Price:Â 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 K’s
- Miguel Gonzalez:Â 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 K’s
Honorable Mention:Â Raul Ibanez, Austin Jackson, Travis Hafner, Adrian Gonzalez, Miguel Cabrera, Hunter Pence, Josh Reddick, Anthony Rizzo, Carlos Quentin, Edwin Encarnacion, Drew Stubbs, Ezequiel Cabrera, David Ross, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Lohse, Franklin Morales, Luke Hochevar, Dan Haren, Joe Blanton, Tim Lincecum, Marco Estrada, Stephen Strasburg, Kris Medlen, Freddy Garcia, Francisco Liriano
5 Bad Nights
- Chris Perez:Â 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 2 BB
- Derek Holland:Â 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s
- Matt Harvey:Â 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 5 K’s
- Jason Kipnis:Â 0-6
- Shane Victorino:Â 0-5
Dishonorable Mention:Â David Murphy, Desmond Jennings, Nick Markakis, Tommy Milone, Nick Blackburn, Max Scherzer, Ricky Nolasco, Aaron Laffey
Daily Grab Bag
Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.
- There is BAD news coming out of Toronto concerning Jose Bautista (wrist). The latest reports are that the Blue Jays are “hoping he will be able to return before the end of the season” after suffering a setback in his rehab. If the Blue Jays (current five games back in the wild card standings) don’t start winning some games soon, it’s looking like we may not see Bautista until 2013.
- David Ortiz (heel) might receive an injection to reduce inflammation today, and he doesn’t think he’ll return to the Red Sox’ lineup before next Wednesday at the earliest.
- As you’ll see below, Chris Sale will start against the Royals today and Jake Peavy will have his start moved to tomorrow.
- Joey Votto is travelling with the Reds and there are reports that the team is hoping he can return within the next 10-14 days.
- After leaving last night’s game with a shoulder injury, Elvis Andrus looks to be fine and could even play against the Red Sox today.
- Johan Santana (ankle) is expected to be activated Saturday to face the Atlanta Braves.
- Carlos Ruiz will be out until mid-September after being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
- Trout/Harper/Rizzo/BauerÂ Watch:Â With two of baseballâ€™s best prospects being called-up earlier this season, Iâ€™m going to dedicate this space to keeping tabs on the youngsters. Hereâ€™s to hoping that you were able to grab some of them! (UPDATE:Â Anthony RizzoÂ isÂ the latest uber prospects to get the call, so I’ve added them to the list, as well.)
Mike Trout: Trout went 0-3 with one RBI yesterday. Â (.346, 86 Runs, 19 HR, 58 RBI, 33 steals on the season).
Bryce Harper: Harper went 2-4 yesterday. (.260, 57 R, 10 HR, 30 RBI, 13 steals on the season).
Anthony Rizzo:Â Rizzo went 2-4 with one run, one home run, and three RBI yesterday. (.310, 16 R, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 1 steal on the season).
3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts
Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often theÂ linchpinÂ of winning any fantasy baseball league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island that they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
Here’s today’s recommendations with,Â 3 UpÂ (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting),Â 3 DownÂ (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), andÂ Throwing DartsÂ (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
Jered WeaverÂ at Oakland A’s
Chris SaleÂ vs. Kansas City Royals
Justin VerlanderÂ vs. New York Yankees
Erik BedardÂ vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Yu DarvishÂ at Boston Red Sox
Bronson ArroyoÂ at Milwaukee Brewers
Edwin JacksonÂ at Houston Astros
Scott DiamondÂ at Cleveland Indians
Jason VargasÂ at Baltimore Orioles
Swings and Misses
A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion thatÂ someÂ information is better thanÂ none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa.Â As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.
- Jay BruceÂ is 12-for-26 (.462) with two home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Yovani Gallardo.
- Ryan LudwickÂ is 6-for-17 (.353) with three home runs in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Yovani Gallardo.
- Ichiro SuzukiÂ is 11-for-32 (.344) with one home run in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Justin Verlander.
- Mark TeixeiraÂ is 3-for-27 (.111) in his career against todayâ€™s starter, Justin Verlander.
- Aramis RamirezÂ is 12-for-63 (.190) in his career against todayâ€™s starter,Â Bronson Arroyo.
- Chase UtleyÂ is 2-for-16 (.125) in his career against today’s starter,Â Ben Sheets.
Donâ€™t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:
- Patrick DiCaprio takes a look at today’s pitching matchups in the latest edition ofÂ Pitch or Ditch.
- Chuck Anderson examines this week’s Added and Dropped list and gives some extra insight into the Royal’s closer situation.
- Dan Stack’s looking ahead to help you identify the Players to Watch for this week.
- Matthew Dewoskin revisits hitter’s BABIP in this week’s Leaders and Laggards.
- We’re almost a week past the trade deadline, so this is a great time for Chuck Anderson to take a look at how the fallout of the moves have impacted some of our favorite fantasy baseball stars.
- Lenny Melnick is already thinking about next year (and a whole lot more fantasy baseball news) on the latest edition of his award-winning podcast.
- The calendar has turned to August, which means it’s officially fantasy football season! Before you start drafting, make sure you check out Paul Greco’s pre-season rankings, includingÂ Quarterback,Â Running Back,Â Wide Receiver,Â Tight End, andÂ Strength of Schedule.
- WWPGD? (What Would Paul Greco Do?) You don’t have to wonder anymore, as Paul gives you his personal favorites (and least favorites) – starting withÂ Gotta Have QBsÂ andÂ Dump On QBs.
- I hope you enjoyed Paul’s QB picks, because he just updated his personalÂ Gotta Have RBs!
- Paul’s Personal Projections are out! Get started here with his Quarterback and Running Back projections.
- Paul also broke out his calculator so he could give you a whole bunch of Stats You Need to Know.
- Collin Hager’s got an update to theÂ ADP ReportÂ to help all of you early-drafters!